Sometimes it is good to have everything sharp and in focus, but that can make for a pretty literal image. Leaving an image largely out of focus with minimal depth of field adds a nice abstract, emotional feel to an image, at least when done right. The “doing it right” part is the hard part.
I photographed this yesterday at our NANPA North Texas Meetup at Big Springs in the Great Trinity Forest. Just the very tip of the closest petal is actually in focus.
Indian blanket wildflower (Gaillardia pulchella), Big Springs historical and natural area, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA. Canon 1DX. 180mm macro. ISO 200. 1/500 sec. @ f/3.5. EV + 2/3.